I don’t know why I didn’t think about writing this sooner, but you really should consider CBD oil for helping with your anxiety!
I have been using CBD oil for over a year now and it’s been a godsend in my life. I’m already on a high dosage of medication due to being diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and I don’t want to add much more to that. (Though don’t feel bad if you have to add medication to your regimen!) So, I was suggested to try CBD oil by my therapist and it really has been a huge improvement to my life.
Is CBD right for you? Should you consider CBD for anxiety in your life? Continue reading to find out.
So, what exactly is CBD?
To quote WebMD,
“Cannabidiol is a chemical in the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as marijuana or hemp. Over 80 chemicals, known as cannabinoids, have been identified in the Cannabis sativa plant. While delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the major active ingredient in marijuana, cannabidiol is also obtained from hemp, which contains only very small amounts of THC.”
Meaning that CBD will not get you high unless you’re getting your oil from an irreputable place where there is THC involved, OR you are using a CBD oil that is labeled to contain THC as well.
There are two types of CBD usage: full spectrum and broad spectrum.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil
Full spectrum oils are the ones that contain up to .3% THC.
While the THC is negligible and I would compare it to a non-alcoholic beer, it can result in a false positive on a drug test. So if you have to take regular drug tests as part of your job, I would recommend against this strain of CBD oil. That’s what broad spectrum is for.
Broad Spectrum CBD Oil
Broad spectrum has everything but THC in it.
This is the kind of CBD I prefer to use. While I currently don’t have any reason for a drug test, I still get paranoid about a false positive potentially ruining an opportunity, so I stay away from full spectrum CBD oil.
How do you use CBD?
There a variety of different ways to use CBD for anxiety. The most common are tinctures and edibles, but there are also vape options, topical options, and capsules.
The most common way people use CBD oil is by tinctures. This is used sublingually, meaning under the tongue. It’s a simple process.
- shake up your bottle of CBD oil
- place desired amount of oil under the tongue
- wait 60-90 seconds
- repeat throughout the day if necessary [x]
I have never tried this version of CBD oil for anxiety because I don’t like the idea of holding the oil under my tongue for that long. When you have to hold something that has a very distinct taste under your tongue for that long, you find out just how long a minute is.
Edibles are another common way to consume CBD oil because they’re just as easy as eating candy!
In fact, most CBD edibles are in some kind of candy form. Gummy bears and gummy worms are a common form I’ve come across. I’ve also seen CBD chocolates, teas, and drinks. I actually did a review on a brand I found at my local vape shop: Mile High Cure
Vape is my preferred method of using CBD oil for anxiety. It’s the quickest way to get things into your system and feel the effects of it on your body and mind. However, because of that it also wears off pretty quickly as well.
I’ve done a few reviews on CBDistillery and their vape cartridges but they discontinued their supply of cartridges and only sell the vape oil as of now.
Personally this works for me because when I’m in need of help I want it right now. I don’t want to wait for things to digest or get through my system. I want it now!
Capsules are probably the easiest way, at least for me, because I can just add them to my daily medication and be covered for the day. They look just like your regular capsule for any kind of medicine but they’re filled with CBD oil instead.
I don’t know about you, but being able to swallow a pill and have CBD effects is pretty easy.
Topical CBD oil products are used more for pain than anxiety, but if you think this could be helpful for you that’s up to you.
There are a variety of lotions and salves that you can buy and use for your pain needs. My former boss had a sciatica issue that just wouldn’t go away. He started using CBD and it was the first thing in years that actually worked for him, however he did use the tincture variety than topical. But it’s supposed to be helpful for muscle and joint pain.
Is CBD Oil for You?
Figuring out if CBD oil is for you is basically a trial and error situation, just like any other remedy. However, I highly suggest talking to your doctor about using CBD before you kick start your journey. While CBD is a plant produced product, researchers still aren’t sure about the interactions it could have with medications or other treatments you may be using.
I can’t continue this post without letting you know about the known side effects of using CBD. Right now, the side effects I found you can have are:
“Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.”
Studies Show It Works…
…on a small scale.
Most of the studies I’ve found about CBD oil are conducted in smaller studies with under 100 people. That might seem like a lot of people, but in regards to a research study to determine usefulness it really isn’t.
A study entitled “Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series” found that in the final 72 participants, 79.2% of them had anxiety scores decrease within the first month and remained decreased throughout the month of the study. However, 66.7% saw improved sleep scores improve in the first month but fluctuate throughout the rest.
Their end result is Cannabidiol (CBD) may hold benefit for anxiety-related disorders but requires more clinical studies to be sure.
Anecdotes Show It Works
If you look up the reviews or what people have to say online about CBD oil for anxiety. I found these reviews very inciteful:
“I have had social anxiety since I was 16 years old and had been taking various medications for quite a few years now. I became very frustrated with the side effects of taking this type of medication so started looking into Cannabidiol CBD. I quit smoking a few years ago and vaping really helped. I came across a brand called CBD Vape Shot which is a 2ml Bioavailable CBD Vape additive which you add to your vape juice. From all the medication I have been taking medication for years nothing has helped me quite as much as this product. “
“I’ve been using Hawaiian Choice CBD to help me with anxiety and insomnia. I tried other types of CBD that helped a little but their “Relax” formula really works. I feel so much better, like the tight knot in my chest is gone, sleep well, have great dreams and do not have the tired, hungover feeling sleeping pills give me the next day. I also really like their jellies as they taste so good, and also help me feel relaxed. There are so many types of CBD out there these days that I think it really makes sense to read up and try different ones until you find one that works.”
My personal story is that it not only helps with my anxiety along with my medication, it helps me sleep better as well. I can definitely tell the difference between vaping at night before bed and not vaping before bed.
I have trouble sleeping occasionally, even with the medication I take at night. My anxiety is just too strong and likes to screw with me when I’m sleeping. But adding CBD to my regimen will help me sleep through the night and wake up a maximum of twice instead of 4 to 5 times a night.
My anxiety is part of my life on a daily basis. It’s always there and there are things that I wish I could do but are afraid of doing. Using CBD has helped me so much over the past year or so I’ve been using it.
I’m looking to break into other types of CBD like tinctures, other edibles, and capsules, to see if there is a better way to consume the oil than vaping, as vaping isn’t seen as being a good thing. I also have asthma and it can occasionally trigger a cough.
So, there you have it. This is why you should use CBD for anxiety. If you start using due to this post, let me know! I want to know how things go for you.
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